Shut In Style | Leopard Loving Lady Pt. II

Thursday 1 October 2020

However far the world still seems from ‘normal’ some days, there are little pockets where it feels a bit more like old times. 

And when my husband and I headed out for tapas at Escabeche the other night, we could almost kid ourselves that we were back in our pre-pandemic lives for a few hours. 

The restaurant is a place that we’ve enjoyed dinner with friends many times in the past. There were delicious Catalan flatbreads, the signature Baresca meatballs, spicy patatas bravas and of course, the sinful-but-delicious churros to finish, with the usual lovely atmosphere and friendly service we’ve always loved there. 

To top if off, it was one of those evenings where the air felt balmy and rich, so we could almost kid ourselves we were on holiday, which is one thing we have seriously missed this year. 

So of course, an outfit post had to be done! 

Cropped black tshirt | Asos 

Satin leopard midi skirt | PrettyLittleThing 

Perspex block heeled sandals | M&S Collection 

‘Rebel’ calcite bracelet | Stella & Dot 

Nude leather cuff | Paul Smith 

‘Gemini’ constellation pendant | Missoma 

Obsidian shard pendant | Lovebullets 

‘Snapshot’ bag in French Grey | Marc Jacobs 

So I pulled this outfit together spur of the moment, and I actually really love it! I felt very ‘me’ in it. 

The leopard midi skirt in soft satin has honestly been one of the unexpected best purchases of recent years - I get so much more wear out of it than I thought I would. It pairs beautifully with long boots and a rollneck jumper, or with flat sandals and a camisole. I’ve shown it here styled with trainers, a slogan jumper and a leather jacket last year too. The versatility of the piece and the lovely fluid way it moves on the body have made it a total classic for me. 

For this dinner, I decided to pair it with a boxy, black cotton cropped tshirt. As a mum of two - with a definite mum tum - the word ‘crop top’ used to bring me out in a cold shiver. But actually, I’ve discovered that when you pair one with something high-waisted (like this combination of jeans and a bardot-style crop top), it really visually nips you in. 

This works especially well if the top is a little boxy and oversized, like this one. It's a really great little styling trick, especially for you apple-shaped girls like me who can struggle to define your waist. 

I chose these block heeled simple strappy sandals to dress it up slightly. I love the perspex heel details on these, they’re definitely one of my go-to shoes. I’ve shown them as part of a wedding guest outfit on here before, and I also have them in red. They go with a lot, and the low heels give that French girl vibe I crave. 

Layering on some accessories, I chose a couple of my very favourite pendants. I only buy jewellery and accessories when they really mean something now, so every piece I have, I adore. 

The round constellation pendants from Missoma are beautiful, and feature little inlaid gems marking out the configuration for your star sign. Then I also chose this jagged shard of obsidian from Lovebullets to complement it - I love the story behind their pieces. 

On my wrist, I layered up a simple nude leather cuff that I picked up in the Paul Smith warehouse sale, along with my favourite bracelet, this calcite obelisk from Stella and Dot. There’s nothing I wouldn’t wear this bracelet with, I love it so much. 

Finally, the slightly sports luxe vibe created by the boxy cropped tee was enhanced by my Marc Jacobs Snapshot. I used this bag a lot last summer in Italy and I’ve recently started to gravitate to it again. The bold hardware and canvas strap just seem really right for now. 

So that was my pick for a night out munching tapas - I think it's an outfit I’ll be repeating soon as it just felt good to wear!

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